Camp meetings have their origin dating back to the 1700s. Though the idea of camp meeting has never been confined to Methodists, it fits uniquely into the Methodist system. The movement received its greatest boost in the frontier revival activity of the Methodist Circuit Riders and its presiding elders. Early Methodists practiced three-day quarterly conferences which expanded into "protracted meetings" believed to be the forerunner to camp meetings.
Shiloh United Methodist Church has hosted camp meeting since 1867. The camp now meets in June (previously meeting in the fall), with a youth camp during the week.